Joel Irwin Klein is the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States serving more than 1.1 million students in more than 1,420 schools. He was born on October 25, 1946 in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood of New York City. Joel Klein received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia and his Juris Doctor degree, graduating as magna cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1971. He served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. He also clerked for Chief Judge David Bazelon on the U.S. Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1974. In 1975, Joel Klein joined the legal team of the Washington, D.C. non-profit Mental Health Law Project. Afterwards, he developed a forte in health care and constitutional matters.

Joel Klein was counsel to Bertelsmann and served as United States Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In this capacity, he was the lead prosecutor in the antitrust case against Microsoft.

Before heading the Antitrust Division, Joel Klein was the deputy to Anne Bingaman in that office and worked in the White House Counsel’s office. Despite their conflicting positions in the antitrust case, he worked with the Gates Foundation to fund the creation of smaller schools in New York City. This active community service worker has also participated in several philanthropic activities like those sponsored by Big Brother and Green Door, of which he is chairman of the board.

Mayor Bloomberg chosen Joel Klein as Department of Education’s first Chancellor.

Born on October 25, 1946 in the Astoria, New York City, Joel Klein gave the commencement speech for the Georgetown University Law Center on May 18, 2008.

Joel Klein delivered the keynote address at Columbia College’s 2008 Class Day on May 19.

Joel Klein also gave the 2008 commencement speech for the Georgetown University Law Center on May 18.